If you are thinking about creating multiple fake Facebook accounts in an effort to make it appear that your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend are stalking you, and if you are thinking about calling the police multiple times to report – relying on “evidence” from Facebook profiles that you yourself created – that your ex-boyfriend and his new girlfriend are in fact stalking you, you should probably hear the story of Michigan’s Cheryl Nelson first. Nelson allegedly weaved the web of deceit just described, essentially stalking herself on Facebook, with the main targets being her ex-boyfriend Kevin Haarsma and his new girlfriend. For her efforts Nelson is currently facing criminal charges for falsely reporting a felony.
The Face of a Facebook Self Stalker
Nelson’s story of crime, or at least the part that involves the police, started in November of 2011. From then until nearly a year later, in October 2012, she filed at least eight complaints against her former boyfriend, Kevin Haarsma, with the Sheriff’s Department in Kent County, claiming she had been stalked, harassed, and even assaulted. Her allegations were quite specific; she claimed, for instance, that her ex-boyfriend and his girlfriend taped letters on her house which threatened her, a complaint she made several times.
Her allegations, of course, came back to haunt her. The detective who investigated her complaints received a counter-complaint from Haarsma, who claimed that in fact he was the victim of Nelson’s threats and stalking. This led the detective to get a search warrant for the computer equipment in Nelson’s house, which turned up evidence that she was setting up fake Facebook accounts using Haarsma’s personal information. These accounts were used to make it look as if Haarsma’s new girlfriend was sending threatening Facebook messages to Nelson.
The detective said that Nelson admitted to reporting fake crimes because she could not come to terms with her and Haarsma’s split. Nelson has not admitted guilt to the specific charges, however, and she is currently considering entering into a plea deal with prosecutors before the trial commences later this month.
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